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40 people accused of dogfighting face judge

(WMC-TV) - More than 40 people were arrested inside a barn in rural Benton County, Mississippi Sunday morning after a dogfighting ring was interrupted.

Authorities say it is one of the largest dogfighting ring busts in the country.

Several dogs were recovered from inside, one of which was described as in "grave condition".

The people facing charges boarded vans Monday to be taken to face a judge in a Benton County courtroom.

According to the sheriff, one of the people arrested was an Alabama teacher. He said another person was from Bolivar, Tennessee. Several of the vehicles at the scene of the arrest had Tennessee tags.

Law enforcement agents entered a barn off Highway 72 and Steward Road as the dogfight was in progress. A range was set up for the dogs to fight in and there was fresh blood inside. More than 200 people were in attendance with spectators gathered from 15 different states.

According to Marshall County detectives, the investigation began in California and trickled into Benton County.

Several of the men arrested were in wheelchairs and using walkers. Police say they were injured before the raid and were not harmed.

The names of everyone arrested are not being released at this time.

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